Category Archives: Coin Work

EVERY MAN AND EVERY WOMAN IS A STARFISH

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The House of Peace by Kyle Fite

Although we’ve undergone a period of silence in our reporting, the Space Hoodoo Numisgnostic Lab remains operative and in full swing.

Most recently, we visited with a dear friend who is preparing for his passage from this world to the next. Despite a body eaten up with cancer and painfully dissolving day by day, he remained cheerful and clear in his Faith, happy to see us and falling asleep to dream of his Father in Heaven.

That evening, we found a Penny on the pavement. It was immediately associated with our visit and asked us to flip it.

As our friend is a devout member of the Baha’i Faith, I worked with ink and watercolor to depict the image of the Baha’i Ringstone. In the center, we placed the coin connected with our visit and presented it to him on his first day at Hospice Inpatient Care.

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The Baha’i Ringstone, depicting the Connection of the “Above” with the “Below” through the flowing of the Holy Spirit

There will be more to this story down the line but I think it’s a small example of how Numisgnostic Magnetism happens and how a Talisman can be simply made “on the spot.”

My 11 year old, who is also part of the Corrosion Corp, was gifted during this time with an artflip I had prepared for him as part of an ongoing video game series.

I had also just cashed in a glass jalapeno jar filled with searched pennies and received payment from the bank in 18 new rolls. There was no slackin’ and we got crackin’.

From the first roll, my son immediately plucked a wheat (I swear, he has the magical ability to materialize these just because he wants ’em). My own roll yieled up a 1990 penny from…the Bahamas. Although my tired eyes are increasingly loupe-reliant, I could tell from a glance at my freshly spilled pile of pennies that “one of these things is not like the others.” Occasionally, a Canadian cent will sneak into a bank roll but a coin from the Bahamas?

A first for us…and fit to flip.

Alongside this was a 1969 D with the oddest mint mark placement I’ve seen. Set it aside for further research.

Coin work can be a lonely affair, the intrepid numismatic sorting and searching in silence as time stretches long past the witching hour.

Or it can be a party.

In our case, party it was. Lots of fun talk as we worked our way through coinage and filled gaps in the Whitman folders. This led to discussion of oxidation, cleaning copper and Picasso sending his kids to pee on his sculptures (which, of course, could only lead to internet research on how to rainbow coins with a blowtorch…subsequent science experiments immediately followed!).

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Yes, if you give an enthusiastic 11 year old coin collector a pair of pliers and a butane lighter, this may happen!

To enter the World of Numisgnosis is easy. One simply has to take an interest in coins.

That’s it.

In our Bahamas Starfish, I saw a wonderful relief expressing the Vision mystic Aleister Crowley had in New Hampshire:

“I lost consciousness of everything but an universal space in which were innumerable bright points, and I realized that this was a physical representation of the universe, in what I may call its essential structure. Nothingness, with twinkles…but what twinkles!

He goes on to elaborate his vision (see his “Yoga for Yellowbellies”) and the stunning wonder he beheld, I saw in this small bit of metal.

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“A World in a Grain of Sand.”

Not too shabby for a night at the table with a few rolls of coins.

We all swim in a Sea of Stars and may always find the Great in the Small.

-Hoodoo

MAHAKALA DHARMA DEFENDER

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Mahakala Dharma Defender Artflip Talisman

At Space Hoodoo HQ, we have created a small talisman which serves the Dharma through its Transmutative Tendency. This is the Mahakala DD Artflip.

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed how coins acquire a build up of energy over years of contact with numerous environments and situations. The more intense the energy field, the more of an imprint is left within the coin. Such fields of experience may include the joyful and ecstatic but more often than not, they are vivified by intense fear and anger.

Of all objects, most coins would befuddle any attempt at psychometric investigation. There is simply too much information as most loose change tends to be “on the move,” changing hands and changing lanes.

Coins route all of this incoming energy into chambers corresponding to energy level and type. The dominant “coloration” of each coin gives it a unique energetic signature-and THIS is what may be psychometrically divined. For this purpose, Astrological language and symbol is highly practical. Thus, we may regard a particular coin as being predominantly Mercurial, Venusian, Martial and so forth.

Most coins we will encounter are of the Martial variety.

To make practical use of this fact, we chose the image of Mahakala to serve as a Transmutative Agent whereby the coin’s energy signature may function as a type of battery for the empowerment of Dharma Defense within the consciousness of its carrier.

Mahakala is an impressive Deity venerated in many Eastern Schools. As consort of Kali, he is most absolutely a Fierce God, a Destroyer. He is, from this standpoint, the epitome of the Martial. This power, however, typifies the vanquishing effects of TIME. In this regard, we may find a strong Saturnian energy present. On an even deeper level, the Mahakala is just that: Maha (BEYOND) Kala (TIME). The tearing down of that which is subject to time tends toward the Gnosis which is Beyond Time.

This artflip is intended for display on an active altar or within a shrine. It may carried upon one’s person to maintain contact with the Trans-Plutonic Consciousness which is to say, the Dharma. As a radionic device, it is meant to attract, absorb and transmute the five Kleshas into the five Wisdoms.

This object is hand crafted to order. Each coin is selected from our collection and placed in an artflip painted specifically for you.

The Mahakala DD Artflip is being offered at $25. To carry it with awareness is to take the Middle Way (Mahayana) between Form and Void, to be “In the World but not OF IT.” As we are busy with numerous projects and each Artflip is made by hand, we cannot guarantee that this item will be offered indefinitely. Please contact us as to availability.

Chewing the Cud

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Coin Errors appear in a wide variety. We’ve written previously that the aims of the Numisgnostic are not necessarily those of the Numismatic. We’re not evaluating the topography of a coin based on how much it might be worth in the collector’s market. Rather, each coin has been imbued in its Spacetime voyage with an energetic history, a history witnessed by-and worn into-the surface of the coin.

Because we actively work with coins according to their content as such, we are not merely collectors. The “rarest” coin in the world may sit in a vault and serve no other purpose than gratifying its owner for having acquired something which seems significant. On the other hand, coins of power may pass from pocket to pocket without ever having that power tapped, directed or bringing about effect in the world.

The key is understanding how to identify, act upon and direct content.

From a practical standpoint (and real magic is ultimately a practical matter), imagine how significant our million dollar rarity seems to us when we’re gasping through crushed lungs on an interstate smash-up.

On the flip (pun possibly intended), imagine the value of a coin functioning as an active and operative talisman, serving as payment on a ferry between dimensions, delivering us from “Stuck” to “Onward.”

Despite our expressly magical approach to coinage, Numisgnosis is not hardly sneering at recognized mint errors in the “field.” There is simply an added level of interpretation, a different approach to designations of “significance.”

In the Corrosion Corp (which is the Numisgnostic Field Division), the real factor of significance is YOU. Of course, YOU are much more than you may be aware of. Ergo, the work with coins will follow after exercises intended to illuminate this fact. Going beyond this, you will be able to discern in each and every coin you find a content worthy of Alchemy on the spot.

It just so happens that some of these coins WILL contain coveted “mint errors” and these will be read and applied from a standpoint differing from that in the “marketplace.”

While working through rolls of coinage at Space Hoodoo HQ, we discovered an amazing CUD. This is, in essence, the result of a die breakage at the mint whereby the hot metal pools up onto the surface of a coin and creates a disfigured disc. The less than perfect coin escapes into circulation and we find it.

Now, the die is the set form. This doesn’t imply some horrible or imprisoning script we can only hope to escape from. We might regard the die as imprinting something akin to the Qabala’s Tree of Life. A Structural Form which represents a Totality of Being.
The CUD creates a COMMENTARY. It’s akin to an arrow shot into a Map of the Tree, marking the Zone most critical to your ongoing Pilgrimage. If one understands the Mandala (which is what a coin really IS), one can understand (and make use of) the marking!

When the Die breaks, a portal opens into neighboring realms. You can avail yourself of the opportunity and jump through.

Is this decision wise or foolish?

If you understand the Mandala, you will be able to see what the CUD signifies. Even if one lacks knowledge of a Mandalic Framework, any CUD will trigger a response from the Deep Mind.

The fact that a CUD error has reached you indicates that its passage through time and space has not been obstructed. Therefore, the CUD occurred specifically for YOU.
For the Numisgnostic, then, there will be no deliberation as to whether or not one should leap through this portal. What we’re looking at here is the Golden Opportunity.

Of course, our encountering a Mandala Access Point (M.A.P.) via the CUD points toward the same underlying principle manifesting through the innumerable surface scars borne by each and every coin. This leads us to the exercise of wherein a roll of 50 coins is obtained and the Numisgnostic is able to use each and every one as a Talismanic M.A.P.. There is no “sorting and searching” for something “of value.” Rather, each coin is assessed in relation to the Mandala.

The Mandala is not something which can simply be studied and learned. If this were the case, assessing any deviation from the Die would simply be a matter of intellect. It would be akin to reading a cipher.

To truly read the Mandala, one must understand what it is. This entails a type of feedback from the Formless into Form. Elements are understood energetically. This requires continuous practice.

Agents in the Corrosion Corp have gone through their “boot camp.” From this, they have brought their skill-set to the battlefield. Post-skirmish, the C.C. Agent applies this Coin Work to every aspect of navigating the Universe.

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Change brings Death

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1975 D Lincoln Lodgeroom Death Head

Notes re: the fashioning of a flip (from the Numisgnostic Notebook):

Change retrieved via a quick stop at the local gas station yields up a Death Head Lincoln. The coin isn’t etched by a rail-riding hobo. It’s clearly gone through the grind of vending machines and the like. The result? The profile of the 16th President of the United States worn, by chance or fate, into a skull.

Flip assembled at Corrosion Corp HQ. Pencil sketch. Ink. Colored Pen. Acrylic paint. Watercolor and then fixative applied.

The skull is read along Masonic lines. Not a morbid image of death but rather THAT WHICH REMAINS. The Eternal. The Self, no longer masked by the ego which has been aptly labeled the “Psuedo-self.”

Hence, this flip incorporates the image of the Square and Compasses, the conjoining of terrestrial and celestial space, our mortal life joined with an eternal consciousness transcending the wilting ego’s identification with the Psuedo-self.

The Mosaic Pavement-or checkerboard-is the field of seeming duality in which the Trifold Flame (a variant on the Hebrew letter SHIN) manifests to commence the creative work of the Tekton.

This particular coin, conjoined with its painted housing, is neither a Memento Mori nor Carpe Diem. Rather, its function is to serve as a magical link to the ever-present Interzone between self & Self whereby is realized the Gnosis of the “Word made Flesh.” As such, it now serves as the Corrosion Corp as a Temple Talisman.”

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“self & Self” (8″ by 10″ painting in acrylic on canvas)

Working in the Factor-Y

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” ‘All phenomena invariably possess the Ten Factors’ is another way of saying that life as it changes moment by moment never loses the Ten Factors. No one can say ‘I have no nyoze-so (appearance).’ Everyone has a face and figure. He also has nyoze-sho (mind or nature). He cannot exist like a stone. Actually, even a stone has its nyoze-sho. The same is true for nyoze-tai (entity).”

-Daisaku Ikeda “Selected Lectures on the Gosho Vol. 1”

The opening words of this quote are from Miao-Lo. Ikeda’s comment is simply wonderful. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, it’s all really quite simple. The “Ten Factors” are ways in which Life functions in the Universe. All life may be found to express the Ten Factors. Because of this, we (as humans) share these same functions with all other forms of life. We may not be aware of this and our focus might be on how we differ from this or that. And, of course, we will observe such distinctions. But if we wish to work as Shamans in the Universe, it is critical that we understand Miao-Lo’s statement. Our next (and more practical) step will be discovering the Access Points into “Factor Functions” within the Life of any given object we are approaching.

In Marie Corelli’s book The Soul of Lilith, the protagonist, El-Rami, converses with a monk from his Mystery School. The two are engaged in an intense dialogue over the nature of El-Rami’s investigations into the Mysteries of the Universe. An insect enters into the room, disturbing the debate, and the monk speaks:

“This creature flew in as I opened the window…what quaint and charming stories of Flower-land it could tell us if we but understood its language! Of the poppy-palaces and rose-leaf saloons colored through by the kindly sun, of the loves of the lady-birds and the political controversies of the bees! How dare we make a boast of wisdom! This tiny denizen of air baffles us; it knows more than we do.”

El-Rami, however, is eager to impress upon the monk his knowledge of “The Inhabitants of Sirius-Their Laws, Customs and Progress.” All of this obtained second-hand through his medium, the girl Lilith whose body is kept “alive” by means of El-Rami’s “science,” whereby her imprisoned Soul may wander in Realms otherwise inaccessible to him.

The monk is able to immediately access what El-Rami seeks. El-Rami asks him how he cannot be floored by his extraterrestrial reports. The monks replies:

“Of course I am interested. It is impossible not to be interested in everything, even in the development of a grub.”

As the conversation goes on, the Monk postulates the eventual discovery of “The Clue” to Everything.

El-Rami reacts with some vehemence.

“If we are bound to know…then every living creature is bound to know, since every living creature suffers cruelly, in wretched ignorance of the cause of its suffering. To every atom, no matter how infinitely minute, must be given this ‘explanation,’ to dogs and birds as well as men, nay even to flowers must be declared the meaning of the mystery.”

The monk replies simply:

“Unless the flowers know already…which is quite possible.”

The flowers, like the “stone” referred to by Daisaku Ikeda, possess all ten factors. Because this is so, it is possible to commune with ANYTHING if we can discover (or build) a lattice between its factors and ours. It is essential to develop skill in this Lattice-Work as Beings may speak very different languages. To a degree, we might consider Lattice-Work as the establishment of an Esoteric Translation Station.

At SpaceHoodoo HQ, we have a variety of altar spaces. These are also active laboratories where Communion via Lattices takes place. It is truly exciting when such work gives way to new directions on The Path. Most recently, we received communication from a particular Living Stone which revealed Itself as a “Master” in its field. It indicated the manner in which the Numisgnostic Work is to open up into the Mineral Kingdom.

Numisgnosis is an Idiosyncratic Field, to say the least. As we progress with the book SING THIS CORROSION, we also reflect on the fact that this is a text without a genre, a book whose topic has no audience. But it is, never the less, a way of describing a Mandala Access Point (or M.A.P.). Once one has entered the Mandala, everything breaks open. If you can commune with a PENNY, you can commune with ANYTHING. You’ll have learned, directly and through experience, the Physics of Communion.

The Scales fall from the Eyes and the World, as King Crimson says, is your Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum.

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Ore at the Core

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“For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.” 
~ Mircea Eliade

These wonderful words from Eliade could be restated with “Penny” taking the place of “Stone.”

Of course, “Penny” could be replaced with “Nickel,” “Quarter,” “Driftwood” or any other object we happen upon during this terrestrial voyage. This is a key point in our commentaries on Numisgnostic Endeavor. While the Corrosion Corp has been focused on the humble American cent, the underlying principles of this Arte will be found applicable to ANY object in Nature. In fact, as it extends its reach, Numisgnosis indicates work beyond the limitations of “objects.” Relationships between experience points will serve the same purpose as the Talismanic Coin.

But we start simply, spring-boarding off Abe Lincoln’s right cheekbone.

The value system of the Numisgnostic is not the same as the Numismatic.

The Numismatic understands the value and rareity of a coin based upon standards set within the field. The Numisgnositic understands that every single coin is a “rare.”

Knowing this, certain qualities are targeted during a coin search. These become amplified during “Art Flipping.” This is where the work of the artist expresses what Eliade calls the “supernatural reality.”

The whole of Nature, which is to say Experiential Reality, is seen as Alive-and we are brought back to Blake’s famous words: “Everything that Lives is Holy.”

Our most recent coinflip, crafted from this vantage point, contains a Canadian Coin bound to a small piece of Peacock Ore, broken off from one of the Living Stones at SpaceHoodoo HQ. The fusion of these two objects in Spacetime forms a “SpaceBuddhaa Mandala” and is dedicated to Kokuju, the Space Dweller Buddha of the Lotus Sutra.

BREAK A BUCK & TRY YOUR LUCK

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After one has found their Numisgnostic Contact Coin (also known as the “Portal Penny”) and begun acquiring some of the basic supplies needed for continued work (see our previous entry in this series), there is the issue of how to acquire further coins.

It’s true that Pennies will continually present themselves along the Path. They’ll be spied in both strange and commonplace spaces, handed out from cash registers with a fistfull of change and even gifted to you as others begin to learn of your new found “hobby.” To be continually active in a variety of Numisgnostic Operations, however, you’ll definitely want to increase the regular flow of coinage in your sphere of Work. Banks aren’t terribly surprised when coin-collecting customers “purchase” bulk rolls of any denomination and avid searchers will frequently walk in and out the doors with quite a bundle.

In my own experience, however, I began examining coins without the money to purchase-or time to sort through and exchange-a full “bank box.” If one is approaching this work with the primary goal of discovering some beyond rare mint-error (and retiring after the auction), it only makes sense to increase the “chance of winning” with this approach. In Numisgnosis, however, the searching is primarily concerned with Psychometric Finds and my own limits, with both funds and time, led to a more quick and concentrated approach, utilizing single rolls of Pennies. I would acquire these, not from banks, but cashiers (guaranteed to be a bit more baffled by the roll request than your local banker).

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Basically, if you have 50 cents, you can ask to swap it for a roll of Pennies almost anywhere. The gas station, grocery store, wherever. I’ve been told “no” but this is part of the voyage. Move on and hit up the next likely locale. If you’ve got a dollar, it will score you TWO rolls (100 coins) and, in context of Magickal and Psychometric Investigation, this is quite the pile!

Some will want to set up several “bins” at Home Base where acquired coins can be seperated. One bin can be for those swapped and another for those returned with change. A box can be set up for those found on the street and another for those gifted from others (and don’t be shy about asking friends and family to hang onto their pennies for you…most people won’t find the monetary value of a few cents of any concern but they WILL enjoy making someone else’s day with a little gift).

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Some Corp Members will keep an elaborate and detailed record to observe trends in the flow. This is, admittedly, tedious but worthwhile. By noting WHAT you acquire and through WHICH Channels, you begin to get a picture of the Invisible Forces working through your activity in Numisgnosis. For example, out of 10 rolls you’ve swapped out around town, you might notice that 1981 D cents dominate the total haul. You might only have found a single 1963 from a thousand.
One one hand, this situation may reflect the simple odds of finding any given coin in circulation. On the other, the Numisgnostic, working actively with the Contact Coin as a Beacon into the Magickal Universe, will find that certain coins will truly be attracted to him (or her)! They will travel long distances over periods of time to arrive in the Temple.
There is an interplay between Chance and Intention here-and this interplay is similar to how we find ourselves in this Spacetime Environment as Entities with Power to Effect Change and Decision Making Capacity interacting with a seemingly Objective World in which events occur outside of our Willing.

From this vantage point, our continuing work in this field may be likened to certain games which evoke Chance, Choice and Magick (again in the Crowleyan sense, Old Crow having stated that “Every Intentional Act is a Magickal Act”).

We’ll address some of these games down the line. They include Magic The Gathering which (along with many others like it) may be used as a Vehicle for Spiritual Growth. The point is: Numisgnosis, as we’ve discussed it thus far, will be profitably treated as such a Gamespace IF we regard Gaming as a Spiritual (and, perhaps more appropriately, SHAMANIC) Endeavor.

For the moment, don’t let a lack of funds foil the fun or stay the Way. Swap a buck and try your luck. Not unlike booster packs purchased for Magic, each roll of Lincolns is guaranteed to contain at least ONE “Rare.” If you don’t see it, sort ’em until you DO.

We’ll eventually get to the Mission where you swap two bits for a roll and find EVERY SINGLE COIN to be a SUPER CHARGED WINNER.

But that Mission has nothing to do with Luck of the Draw…it’s balls out Shamanix.

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Corrosion Corp Supply Drop (Mission 1.5)

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Communicating, as I do, with many folks who struggle to simply make ends meet (and often come up short-handed at that!), I am a bit hesitant to present a Numisgnostic “Shopping List.”

And might this not be contradicting my last entry wherein I stated that none should be barred from this Work for lack or want?

However, this may prove to be one of the first challenges for the Numisgnostic Neophyte with an empty cupboard. How can one purchase coin-collecting supplies when there isn’t even enough loose change lying about to pay the rent?

The Contact Coin of Mission One is now to be worked with in this regard. This singular object, once rightly found, becomes a Beacon and it will, especially via the “Conceal and Carry” Method, open up Channels whereby one will get just what one needs.

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This Field Agent’s Glock was a Decoy-and he laughed his way to the Bank 

A good portion of this phenomena is fed by the Shift in Consciousness experienced by the Numisgnostic, a Shift which “looks upon the World anew” and sees what one was previously blind to. There IS a Way and we suddenly experience a rising Faith in this Fact. If it’s not apparent, we challenge our sight instead of bemoaning our “Fate.” Our situations become puzzles, mazes and riddles whose answer we may not know but are, none the less, certain exists.

The Numisgnostic, therefore, Seeks-and Finds, growing more deeply in the Arte.

“Problems” become “Missions.”

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“I’m trading these Tags for a Roll of 50…”

Not everyone will have an issue with purchasing a few basic items. But everyone WILL have issues. We simply wish to call attention to Numisgnostic Bushido in this regard as it applies to ALL conundrums faced on the Path. Skills obtained herein are of manifold application and without application there can be no “Numisgnosis.”

The list of items one should obtain at the Start include:

Coin Flips, Sharpie fine tipped art pens and boxes and containers of every sort.

AND a 10x Loupe which is, basically, a magnifying glass (preferably with an inbuilt light), allowing you to examine your coins with greater power than your God-given sight can grant.

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Numisgnostic Eye Exam

The Loupe will also be essential for experiments with the coins as Magic Mirrors and Transdimensional Gateways. I purchased my current Loupe for under $10 and carry it with me at all times. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It just needs to do the job-and also be at the ready.

Now a word on Coin Flips. These may be purchased for a very small price IF one wishes to acquire the sort which is stapled shut. And then one will also need a STAPLER.

I’ve worked with these flips quite a bit but don’t recommend them. Yes, it costs a bit more to purchase the self-adhesive kind but these really ARE far superior for our purposes. There are two concerns here. The first is Hermetically seeing a coin and the second is working the Flip as a Magical Artwork in conjunction with the coin.

When utilizing the stapled flips, I’ve also employed superglue to “seal the deal.” This can become a messy matter and I would typically end up with my fingertips stuck together. I also worked with the staples in relation to the art but in the end, these became a hindrance to what could be done with the visual space around the circular center.

Either way, we will want to get any number of coins into flips. This is NOT to protect a possible “hot find” with potential Numismatic value-but to give it a context wherein we might work upon the disc Magickally (and I DO mean in the Crowleyan sense of “causing change to occur in conformity with Will”).

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“All those years mastering Chess…and I could have been searching Bank Boxes!”

Other items are humble but necessary. A notebook for the “Numisgnostic Log” (elsewhere referred to as the “Magical Diary”) should not be done without.

But the bottom line is: get a package of self-adhesive flips and a 10x Loupe.

And the Sharpies. But make sure they’re the art pens.

Myself, I use a variety of knives, blades, paints and Aqua Net Hairspray. I can’t do without the Hairspray.

The Initiation into Hair-Styling products comes later.

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2015 Numignostic Coin Convocation, Madison, Wisconsin, USA  

For the moment, we want to be able to really CONNECT with any coin on our Path and this will happen through Psychometry, Examination and Magickal Manipulation.

If these items are beyond your financial reach, ASK the Contact Coin to provide the means to acquire them. I would estimate the total cost at $30, give or take. As stated previosuly, if the Portal Penny has, indeed, been “properly found,” the Gates will OPEN.

If ordering these supplies is an easy matter and you’re ready for the next chapter, chances are…you have some serious issues to be addressed.

That’s OK.

Numisgnosis is READY.

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None shall be barred

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No one is barred from this Work and all that is necessary will appear, as if by magic, should the Numisgnostic apply the same “calling card” to the Building of the Temple as he or she did to the Finding of the Cornerstone. The Rosicrucians of Old placed no financial burden upon those who would join them-or those they would heal. Numisgnosis is the same. You may spend as much as you’d like on the Path-but none shall be excluded for want.

This being said, there are particular items which will be found essential to the Work at this stage-and the magic, by which the Cornerstone was revealed, will open the Way to obtaining all which is necessary to progress.

The First Mission of the Corrosion Corp is followed by Missions 2 and 3 whereby the Numisgnostic will establish a Power Zone to Link In (Lincoln) to the Corrosion Cathedral.

From within this Power Zone, one learns how to Conceal and Carry.

This is Practical Shamanism and will be proven in the most raw and real fields of experience.

-Hoodoo Pilot

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The Skull Beneath The Skin

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Following hot on the heels of a recent Facebook post, where I shared a brief article on “Hobo Skull Coins,” I was astounded to be gifted with with one these items, custom made by Quarter Master, no less!

What’s a “Hobo Skull Coin?”

And Who is “Quarter Master?”

All shall be revealed momentarily.

For the moment, I’d like to look at the Theme Itself.

The Skull remains one of the most omnipresent and ubiquitous image-symbols we encounter in human artistry. It grabs us and just won’t let go. From the Horrific to the Beautiful, the Whimsical to the Sublime, we all recognize and relate to Boneface.

If asked what the Skull is expressing in any context, most folks will be quick to say “Death.” Interestingly, it’s our old friends, the Freemasons, who saw in the Skull something more than Mortality.

Yes, it’s true that the Skull is first encountered in Masonic Symbolism as a reminder of our frail and fleeting lives, a means to take measure of the same, looking toward what we might contribute to the Grand Human Experiment ere it’s over.

The Skull, however, has also been regarded as a Symbol of Immortality, “That Which Remains,” even after the flesh has faded. It thus takes it place with another Masonic Symbol of Primary Importance, the Acacia, retaining its green vitality even in the “Death” of Winter.

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George Washington, Himself, would appreciate Quarter Master’s manipulation of his visage as America’s first President well understood these Mysteries. The Skull was sometimes called the “Bone Box” among Freemasons. In its mouth was held a Key, never accessed by the Profane but always ready to open the Doors of the Gnosis for those who might enter it with Wisdom and Humility. The Skull, we can now see, expresses Death in Life and Life in Death.

Masonry, at the start, espouses a Teaching on How To Live.

A Brother of the Craft once remarked to me that it was also espousing a Teaching on How To Die.

Now, the Hobo Coin…

I was recently made aware of this collectible coinage via this link:

http://boingboing.net/2015/10/16/coins-carved-to-reveal-skulls.html

Quarter Master wasted no time making me one. I was beyond delighted to receive this gift. It is already a beacon for the Life and Death Complex-but alongside this, it radiates the kindness and love of a friend who crafted an artwork with the intention of making another happy.

THIS is the Masonic Ideal and the Awareness which rises when one is stationed between the Black and White Pillars.

Quarter Master may be found via her Facebook site and she takes custom orders for her unique brand of coin-based jewelry. Prices are beyond reasonable and we recommend her work highly.

As my Numisgnostic bloggery continues, we will look more closely into why Copper is, metaphysically, a significant metal in this Work. For those who may be unaware of the fact, our modern era Quarters are almost wholly made of…Copper. Yes, we call them “Silver” but they are, alchemically speaking, in the same “Family” as the Little Lincolns.

We’ve already begun binding Quarter Punches to Lincoln Cents in our Talismanic Flips.

If one is interested in a hand-crafted Quarter Master Ring, please contact her via this Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/quarter.master.54?fref=ts

Yes, these items make wonderful gifts and are a unique and fun item to wear. For those who will be working through exercises on the Numisgnostic Path, these rings will also serve as magical objects of resonant power, ready-made to connect into the Corrosion Cathedral (which is to say, your Numisgnostic Altarspace).

The Skull Beneath The Skin is your End…and Beginning. Both are Present NOW if you’ll but feel your Face and enter your Space.

In Numisgnosis,

Hoodoo Pilot

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